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We offer several different production blades to fit most combat styles, sword types and budgets. In the blade product description, we have paired all of our blades with their historically accurate counter parts. When picking out your blade keep in mind that not all blades will be compatible with all guards. For example, you won’t be able to put a Longsword blade or Feder blade in your rapier guard.
We have a unique process for grinding our blades that leaves some room for specific customization. Things like blade length, tip type and flex can be made to order. The drop down options will allow you to pick your desired blade length, flex and tip type. Some blades are only available in certain lengths and flex.
Our blades are hand ground from 2″ x .214” 5160 flat bar, heat treated to a hardness of 50 Rockwell C (HRC). Depending on the blade, the taper will either be flat ground (as is the case with our Feder blade) or diamond distal taper (as with our Rapier blades). Each blade style we produce has a taper type that lends the best characteristics to the combat and handling specific to that blade. Flat grinding will result in a greater edge thickness to flex ratio. This is desirable for the larger, heavier blades to ensure the edge holds up and that the impact of the blade is spread over a wider surface. It also results in a heavier blade in comparison to the diamond distal taper which has a high spine to maintain a rigid flex but has more material removed from the edge.
Our flex ratio is figured in inches of drop from tang shoulder to tip using a 6 oz. weight. You can test your blades with this method to see where your current blade flex is set. Simply clamp your blade tang to a solid surface with the tang shoulder resting at the edge of the clamping surface. Hang 6 oz. of weight from the tip of the blade and use a tape measure to determine how far the blade drops.
Here is how we determine blade flex-
SCA Light Rapier Flex (F1)- Light stiffness, compliant to SCA Rapier calibration. 2.5″ – 3″ drop @ 6 oz. (170 gr.). Recommended flex for Light Rapier and Youth Rapier light armored combat.
SCA Standard Rapier Flex (F2)- Medium stiffness, compliant to SCA Rapier calibration. 1.5″ – 2″ drop @ 6 oz. (170 gr.). Recommended flex for SCA, WMA and HEMA Rapier armored combat.
Crossover SCA Rapier/C&T and HEMA Flex (F3)- Medium heavy stiffness, compliant to SCA Rapier and Cut & Thrust calibration. 1″ – 1.5″ drop @ 6 oz. (170 gr). Recommended flex for SCA Rapier and Cut & Thrust dual duty, WMA and HEMA armored combat.
C&T and HEMA Flex (F4)- High stiffness, compliant to SCA Cut & Thrust and HEMA calibration. .5″ – .75″ drop @ 6 oz. (170 gr). Recommended for SCA Cut & Thrust and HEMA armored combat only.
We offer two tip types: 1. Normal Tip: (+ $0.00) the standard rounded tip that accepts a rubber blunt. 2. Spatulated Tip: (+ $10.00) a swelled and rounded tip that offers tip width of no less than 5mm.
Blade length is measured from tang shoulder to blade tip (including the ricasso section where applicable).
Be sure to choose your length, flex and tip options when ordering. If not specified, flex weight and tip type will be set to default values!
Dueling Sabre Blade/Cold Steel Retrofit Kit
While our dueling sabre blades (16mm & 20mm) will drop in to the Hanweii hardware without modifications, we offer this special parts kit to ensure our blades fit Cold Steel sabre hardware tightly and securely with little hassle.